Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

John 12:1-11: Show Jesus Extravagant Love. Monday of the Holy Week

Breakfast With the Word Monday of the Holy Week


John 12:1-11





Extravagant simply means spending too much or using too much of anything. It sometimes involves going to the extreme at a point it becomes unreasonable. It is something that costs a lot.



In John 12:1-11 Mary shows us how our love for Jesus should be. In John 12:1-11 Mary showed Jesus a love that in the face of observers looks unreasonable, an action that’s quite costly and a gesture that looks so unthinkable but in the face of Jesus was quite admirable. Our love for Jesus should be extravagant, costly and might look unreasonable in the face of people. Our love for Jesus should surround everything we do.



 It costs Mary Financially.



Mary took a pound of ointment of pure nard, very precious” Nard is imported from India, which in part accounts for its expense. The perfume is worth three hundred denarii, which is a year’s wages for a workingman.


This does not indicate that Mary is wealthy, as some have suggested. This is more likely an extravagant gesture by a woman of ordinary means. It is a sacrificial offering. Beloved, never look back if you want to do anything for God.


Mary’s expensive anointing looks forward to the anointing by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, who will use one hundred litras of myrrh and aloes (John 19:38-40) an anointing fit for a king. To show how expensive the death of Jesus is and how we are going to reward Him back with such love.



 It Costs Mary Her Pride.



Therefore, let us not forget Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet in John 13 and instructing the disciples to do the same for each other ( John 13:14-15) a sign of Humility.


Mary also “ wiped his feet with her hair”. This is a shocking gesture in a culture where women do not let their hair down in the presence of any man other than their husband.


Therefore, Our love of Jesus should cost us our pride. There is no big man in the presence of God. Do not feel we are heaven and earth.


In the presence of God forget who you are and be humble. Michal criticized David in 2 Samuel 6 for dancing before the Lord and David answered her “Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes” in verse 23 Michal remained childless all the days of her life. Humble yourself before the Lord.



 It Costs Mary Her Reputation.



While Mary was anointing the feet of Jesus, people like Judas and other apostles as was reported in Matthew 26 and Mark 14 criticized Mary. But that didn’t stop her.


When we try to fully involve ourselves in the things of God, some people will make a joke about it, some will continue to crucify us, some will always put our reputation on the line.


Never allow any stop you. If the love we show Jesus has not cost us anything then we have not started. It might cost you time, finance, and resources but do not bother and do not give up. Jesus admires every single effort we make for the love of Him. The love of Jesus should be an extravagant and limitless one.



May God bless you dearest and give you the grace to continually come close to Him Amen




  1. Ndukwe Amanda says

    Amen Fr

  2. Okonkwo onyinye says


  3. Esimekara Nnenna says


  4. Yolanda Malebatsane says


  5. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Bro to the glory of God’s name, Amen

  6. Boitumelo Malebatsane says

    Thank you father for the grace upone our lifes we pray that the lord to protect us in jesus name amen🙏🏻

  7. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! thank you Jesus! Lord may you grant me grace to love you more in Jesus mighty name Amen.

  8. Onyeoma Ukamaka says


  9. Jane chuks says

    Amen 🙌

  10. Grace Yina says



    Thank you Father

  12. Beatrice Solomon says


  13. Grace Uba says


  14. Leah Uchechukwu says


  15. Oby Okpalaeke says

    Amen 🙏

  16. Agina Uchenna says


  17. Alphonsus Inegbedion says

    Amen. Thank you beloved Padre for your reflection. May we follow Christ this Week with extravagant love. Amen

  18. Anidiobi Sylvia Ngozi says

    Amen. Help me Lord🙏

  19. Goodluck Ekeocha. says


  20. Blessing Iortsugh says


  21. Nwatu Nneka P says

    Amen. We pray to bridge the gap we create between us and darling SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST especially this season.

  22. Munachimso onuoha says


  23. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks brother

  24. Udemezue Martina Mary says


  25. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen. Thank you brother for this wonderful message.

  26. Chizoba Ekwueme says



    Amen 🙏
    May the Lord grant us His Grace and Marcy to love him the more through Christ Our Lord AMEN 🙏🌹
    Shalom and Remain Blessed Padre

  28. Amalu Gloria says

    Amen, 🙏 thanks and God bless you in Jesus name amen

  29. Enibe Jacinta Amara says


  30. Cornelia Anyiam says


  31. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen 🙏.

  32. Vivian Elochukwu says

    Amen oooooo

  33. Eze Juliana Nkechi says

    Amen k

  34. Ogbaji Patience says


  35. Mariajacinta Ivoke says


  36. Peter Anthony Dodoh says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏

  37. Nanyonjo josephine says

    so fruitful!
    My soul and spirit has been able to change spiritually because of these Holly sermons.
    thanks alot home of victory 🙏🙏🙏

  38. Regina Mobu says


  39. John Obasi says


  40. Obizolu Assumpta says


  41. Judith Abuah says

    Amen ., Thanks brother

  42. Awodike Florence says

    May I use what is costly to serve you wholeheartedly in Truth and in Spirit.
    More Oil
    Stay Blessed…

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.